Sports Columns

Who is the worst of the worst?

We’ve all seen some truly awful athletic performances over the years. Whether it’s on the field, the court or the ice, there are some teams that are just mind-boggling to watch on television because of their sheer incompetence. Some teams may be cursed more than others with this issue, ...

Fix the sack rule, NOW!

I understand when the NFL develops rules that have unintended consequences. But what I fail to get is why it takes them five years to fix them. The rules defining what a catch were debated, argued and criticized for multiple seasons until the league finally addressed it this past ...

Time to check those egos, coaches

Egos can be difficult to deal with. Most of us have healthy ones, while others have enormous ones that are blatantly obvious. When you think of Kanye West, Terrell Owens, Kobe Bryant or Jerry Jones, some might see greatness, but more will see them as what they truly are — people who may ...

Ties in football can be your friend

Who’s afraid of a liddle-biddy tie? Apparently, a number of football coaches are. What is it with this rash of going for two-point conversions late in games or in overtime and going for it on risky fourth downs lately? High school football coaches at Escanaba and Kingsford have done it ...

It’s going to be a long year for the Red Wings

A common phrase we’ve heard as sports fans is that patience is a virtue, that waiting for something without getting upset or angry is something that we all should aspire to do. Well, for Detroit Red Wings fans, that could be a difficult task this season as all signs are pointing to be a long ...

Even the pros ride emotional roller coasters

I heard what sounded like a “throwaway” line by a former NFL player — didn’t catch at the time who it was — on Sunday making comments on one of that day’s upsets: “It’s just about impossible to get ‘up’ for every game,” he said. A simple line, but got me thinking ...

Going home can be better than you think

That you can’t go home again is a conclusion that we all eventually come to in our lives. Yes, you can physically go back to your home city or your old house, but it’s not going to be like you remembered. In all likelihood, your friends will have moved away, your favorite hangouts ...

Exactly what does overtime do in the NFL?

Here’s today’s quick quiz: Name the most impressive overtime victory after two weeks of the NFL regular season. Scratchin’ your head? Are you stumped yet? OK, I’ll tell you. You’re making it up if you have an answer, because this is a trick question — no team has won an OT game ...

The sorry state of football in Michigan

The state of football is awful in the state of Michigan. If you look at all of the major programs, professional and college, around the state, you’ll be hard-pressed to find something positive to say about what is going on. Let’s start off with the Detroit Lions. What are some words to ...

Spartans or Wolverines? Who to pick?

College football season has begun and it’s not off to a great start. As I mentioned in this space last week, the sport is groaning under a multitude of scandals, most glaringly at Ohio State and Maryland where physical and emotional abuse is something that can’t be shrugged off or ...

Back to school means start of NFL season can’t be too far away

It felt like fall swept in Tuesday when everyone went back to school. It felt even more like it Wednesday when all that rain and those cooler temperatures came crashing in. But it will really feel like the green leaves are ready to change colors tonight when we all tune in to the first ...

Something good in an awful sport

College football is a wasteland of rancid sludge right now. Day by day, it seems like there’s a new scandal with an NCAA Division I program. It used to be just financial corruption like the infamous SMU violations in the 1980s, where they had current players on a secret payroll and bribed ...

Stigma is starting to dissipate

The high school and college sports seasons are about to start again and a lot of us have been wondering for a while what we’re going to see on the field, the court or the ice this year. However, for the first time, it seems like we’re finally paying attention to what we don’t normally ...

What’s the matter with Maryland?

College football has a problem and it’s a huge one. For decades, perhaps even longer, football has been seen as the most macho of sports. It’s not only physical, but even brutal at times with quarterbacks getting driven into the ground and wide receivers getting decked after catching a ...

Who will have a season worth remembering?

It’s time for another anniversary. A couple of months ago, I wrote about my own anniversary, my fifth year with my wife, which was a joyous albeit subdued occasion. If I remember correctly, we ordered pizza and watched Netflix. Yep, it was that wild of a night. Anniversaries can also ...

LeBron’s legacy is now in place

What will my legacy be? What will I leave behind? At some point in our lives, most of us will ask ourselves those questions because we all want to be remembered and hopefully, for something good. NBA star LeBron James’ legacy is now secured as from now on — he won’t just be ...

Tiger still can draw attention

Tiger Woods can still capture our attention. Even though it has been a decade since he won a major golf tournament, Tiger is one of the few athletes on the planet who gets people to tune in specifically to watch him play. Last weekend, he almost made it worth their while. Any time one of ...

Baseball can still charm us in its own way

After all these years, baseball still has its charms. That was evident over the past couple of weeks as Little League teams from all over the Upper Peninsula have been attempting to win district titles for a possible trip to state tournaments and even beyond. As much as they wanted to ...

Soccer can be your friend

Americans have a strange relationship with soccer. The World Cup is the biggest sporting event on the planet, and nothing else comes close to challenging it. Even the Olympics, for all of its majesty, pales in comparison to the rampant following that occurs every four years in the World ...